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Multi-Sectoral Coalitions and Popular Movement Participation

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change

ISBN: 978-0-76231-263-4, eISBN: 978-1-84950-380-8

ISSN: 0163-786X

Publication date: 20 December 2005


The article focuses on varying protest intensities of social movement activists in an authoritarian political environment. Drawing on a sample of participants in El Salvador's El movimiento popular, the paper examines how structural location in the resistance movement's multi-sectoral organizational infrastructure shapes the level of participation. Those motivated by state repression and maintaining multiple or cross-sectoral organizational ties exhibited higher levels of protest participation. The findings suggest that more attention be given to how the multi-sectoral network structure of opposition coalitions induces micro-mobilization processes of individual participation in high-risk collective action.


Almeida, P.D. (2005), "Multi-Sectoral Coalitions and Popular Movement Participation", Coy, P.G. (Ed.) Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Vol. 26), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 63-99.



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